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There is a “growing radicalized environmentalist faction” in Canada that is opposed to the country’s energy sector policies, warns a newly declassified intelligence report.

The RCMP criminal intelligence assessment, focusing on Canadian waters, cites potential dangers from environmental activists to offshore oil platforms and hazardous marine shipments, representing perhaps the starkest assessment of such threats by the Canadian security community to date.

The report drew a sharp dismissal from Greenpeace — a prominent environmental group singled out in the document — which suggested it could simply be an effort by security authorities to tell the Harper government what it wants to hear […]

“The Canadian law enforcement and security intelligence community have noted a growing radicalized environmentalist faction within Canadian society that is opposed to Canada’s energy sector policies,” says the report.

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High-ranking members of the Syrian opposition movement have recently been trained in Berlin on how to establish a democratic system in the event that President Bashar Assad falls from power, German diplomatic sources have confirmed.

Some 40 Syrians underwent training, including generals who have deserted Assad, economists and lawyers living in exile. The group includes members of various ethnic groups and religions, as well as members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Syria.

The diplomatic sources stressed that the German government was not directly involved in the meetings, which were held under conditions of secrecy, but said it was being kept informed and was providing logistical support […]

The meetings included a visit to the authority that administers the files of the notorious Stasi, the defunct East German security organization. 

The driving force behind the project, entitled “The Day Thereafter: support for a democratic transition in Syria,” is the U.S. Institute for Peace. Funders included the U.S. State Department, the Swiss Foreign Ministry and Dutch and Norwegian non-governmental organizations.

According to USIP project leader Steven Heydemann, opposition leaders were being prepared for the immediate aftermath of a regime collapse in Syria, with the aim of averting economic chaos and ensuring public order.

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I am not afraid of communicating: with the left or the right, because we have other things in common. The left/right opposition is useful for a one-dimension universe, but we live in a three-dimension world. Therefore, those elements that may be separated on a line might be pretty close in another dimension. The world is not one-dimensional. If you have studied geometry you can understand what I mean. When it’s about knowing who our friends or enemies are, we must go beyond the left/right issue. We must take into account the position with regard to the sky and the Earth or, in a more trivial level, with regard to the United States and Israel, globalization and our roots. A right-wing anti-globalist is much more closer to my heart than a sectarian and globalist Left-winger.  — Israel Shamir

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